Wednesday, July 22, 2015

5 Lessons I Learned From Losing Everything

Running out of money and income happened very quickly, but is taking years to recover from it. Despite how much it sucked, I'm forever grateful for the lessons it taught me. I've been through hell and came out a happier, healthier, stronger, and freer person than ever before. When I lost everything and faced all of my greatest fears, I had no choice but to pay attention to my shortcomings. These are the lessons I learned from overcoming the greatest challenge in my life.

5. Managing stress is vital to your growth

Learning to deal with stress in a healthy way will help you to sustain your energy levels, so make sure you can recognize the signs of too much stress. You don't want to get burnt out, so remember that having fun is very important too. Sometimes it's your perspective or attitude that is making something more stressful (can you shift the way you're looking at something?), and sometimes you need a completely different outlet than the norm. There is a point where stress is detrimental, but you need some stress in order to grow and stay motivated. If you aren't making as much progress as you'd like, what can you do to put a bit more stress on yourself? If you're comfortable, it's time to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

4. What you consume affects who you become

Fresh, nutritious food gives you more energy and helps you stay healthy, as opposed to junk food, but food and drink aren't the only things you consume. The things you look at on the computer, on your phone, on TV, you are consuming all that information and giving your attention to certain things. It has a subtle affect on what becomes important to you, what you think about, what you do. Your thoughts, beliefs, and actions shape your reality and who you are. Be vigilant about what you're spending your time and energy on.

3. It takes a village to build a business

People are your greatest resource. You can't do everything on your own, even if you think that you're the only one who can do it right. You can't even tell customers that your product is perfect and it's what they want, because they're the ones who decide that. If you stumble and fall, the people who love you the most will help you get back on your feet. Many people will only hire or work with people they already know. A lot of people will only follow those they trust. No matter if you're an employee or employer, building and maintaining strong relationships is vital to your success and happiness.

2. Investing in yourself is the best investment

Learning expands your awareness and helps you become more creative and furthers your career, so learning should be a lifelong process. The most successful people spends tens of thousands of dollars every year to improve themselves. Besides career-related improvement, it's equally important to improve yourself personally. Healing any emotional wounds you have will make a world of a difference in your life in your relationships and endeavors, and is worth the difficulty. Any time you get hurt, annoyed, scared, or upset is a clue to an emotional wound, so dig deep down to discover what is really triggering this emotional reaction. Learning to let go helps you respond to changes in your life with greater ease.

1. A good attitude leads you to success

Everyone who knows me will probably think that I'm the most positive person they know, but I don't think anyone would say I have my head up in the clouds. There is a difference between being delusional and being optimistic. Being optimistic means being open to possibilities while hoping for the best. When mistakes are made or things just go wrong, that's when we learn how to ensure success. It's okay to fail. The top performers in any sector have failed more times than anyone else, but the difference is that the top performers kept trying. Having a good attitude gives you the foundation you need to keep on keeping on despite failure after failure, while staying open to new possibilities and avoiding self-sabotage. Without it, you'll spiral down into a limited point-of-view where you will remain stuck until you figure out how to free yourself from that cycle. Not only does it affect you, but it has a huge effect on the people around you: people want to be around positive people because they uplift them.

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